Thursday, February 5, 2015

This and That

Photo by Simon Bond

The Real gives this and He gives that,
so through Him take both this and that,
and when He gives some things to you,
hold not yourself back from it.
He who recognizes "this"
will be a great imam,
but no one who says "this"
can escape from saying "that".
Between the two appears what turns him from this and that.
Some believe in this,
some believe in that.
Just so you should know the truth of things - just so.

From "al-Futūḥāt al-Makkiyya" by Ibn'Arabi

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